Top 5 Liverpool transfer exits fixed by Edwards as he prepares to depart

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards was responsible for a number of transfers during his ten-year spell at Anfield, including Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool have confirmed sporting director Michael Edwards will leave his role at the end of the season after 10 years at the club.

The transfer guru was responsible for signing Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and more, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side win the Premier League and Champions League.

Edwards told Liverpool fans: “The last thing I want is unfounded speculation, particularly as I know the Liverpool FC that I am leaving behind couldn’t be in better hands.”

Although Edwards’ time at Anfield will be remembered for signing world class players, he also oversaw several sales that boosted Liverpool’s transfer budget.

Here, Mirror Football takes a look at the five best sales of the Edwards era.

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Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona allowed Liverpool to sign Virgil van Dijk and Alisson



There’s only one place to start. Many believe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona in January 2018 was the reason why Liverpool became English, European and world champions under Klopp.

Edwards and the club knew Coutinho wanted to join the Catalan giants but were determined to get as much cash as possible for the Brazilian, viewing him as their prized asset.

But they were also aware of the £200million Barcelona had received for selling Neymar to Paris Saint-German and were keen to use that deal to boost Coutinho’s value.

In the end, Liverpool agreed to sell the player for a reported £142m – money which helped Edwards afford Van Dijk and Alisson, two key players in Klopp’s team.

Rhian Brewster

Rhian Brewster has struggled since his big-money move to Sheffield United


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Brewster was one of the best young talents in England when he won the U17 World Cup in 2017, also receiving the Golden Boot for scoring eight goals in that tournament.

Liverpool were never going to sell the prospect on the cheap and forced Premier League rivals Sheffield United to pay a reported £23.5m to sign him three years later.

At the time, it seemed a decent bit of business for all parties involved. Yet it turned out to be an awful transfer for the buying club as Brewster failed to score a single goal in his debut season.

The Blades were relegated from the Premier League and the striker is still struggling in front of goal in the Championship, finding the net just once this term.

At the moment, Brewster doesn’t even look worth £2.35m let alone 10 times as much.

Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke is now producing the goods after a difficult start to his Bournemouth career


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And Brewster isn’t the first promising young striker Liverpool have cashed in on. In January 2019, Bournemouth paid a reported £19m for Solanke.

The one-cap international was a similar prospect to Brewster, winning the Golden Boot to help England lift the U20 World Cup a few months before their U17 triumph.

He went on to have a difficult first 18 months at Bournemouth, scoring just three goals in 42 Premier League appearances as they – like Sheff Utd – were relegated.

Solanke has since found his feet in the Championship, scoring 13 goals in 17 league games this term to fire the Cherries to the top of the table.

As Liverpool count their cash, Brewster will be hoping to take inspiration from Solanke’s revival.

Christian Benteke

Liverpool managed to get most of their money back for Christian Benteke


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After Liverpool paid Aston Villa a whopping £32.5m for Benteke, not many thought they’d get their money back for the Belgian striker.

But, somehow, Edwards and the Reds managed to persuade Crystal Palace to spend an initial £27m on Benteke in August 2016.

It was a stunning bit of transfer business from the selling club, even if the player went on to score 15 Premier League goals during his first season at Palace.

The sale was vindicated when Benteke found the back of the net just six times during the following three seasons. He remains at Selhurst Park.

Kevin Stewart

The sale of Kevin Stewart helped Liverpool sign Andy Robertson


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Perhaps Edwards’ greatest bit of business was signing Andy Robertson for virtually nothing during the summer of 2017.

At the time, Robertson had recently suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull and wasn’t being linked with a move to one of England’s biggest clubs.

Liverpool, however, had seen potential in the young Scottish full-back and paid the Tigers a reported £8m for his services. Money well spent.

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What makes this transfer interesting, though, was the sale of Kevin Stewart to Hull for a similar fee. Edwards had effectively swapped the reserve for Robertson.

Stewart went on to play just 71 Championship games in East Yorkshire, while Robertson became Liverpool’s first choice left-back and a crucial player, developing into arguably one of the world’s best in his position.

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